3 out of 5 (60%) reviewers would recommend
Anushka Sharma,Diljit Dosanjh,Suraj Sharma,Anshai Lal
Set in Punjab, Phillauri is about an NRI Punjabi boy named Kanan who returns to India to get married to his childhood sweetheart. As luck would have it, his horoscope reads that he is a Manglik and that he would need to marry a tree before he can marry Anu to ward off any threat to his love life. Grudgingly he gets married to the tree and to his shock, he finds himself being trailed by an unearthly entity who is revealed as Shashi - the friendly spirit. Shashi used to live on the tree and when Kanan married the tree and then the family chopped it down as a ritual - she finds herself in the world of Kanan not knowing what to do and figuring how she is facing such a predicament. In the course of the film's journey we find there is a poignant beautiful, unfulfilled romantic back story of Shashi with Phillauri that becomes that centre-plot of the film.
Mar 24, 2017
Kanan accidentally marries a ghost, Shashi,while conducting pre-wedding rituals to get rid of bad luck. But as luck would have it,Shashi sticks around and turns into his agony aunt.
Nothing is scarier than falling in love and having the ghosts of your memories together haunt you. But Kanan (Suraj Sharma) is experiencing a haunting of a more specific kind. He isn't bothered by memories of a former lover, but by an actual ghost-in-love from another era. Kanan marries a tree to ward off back luck before his wedding,and the tree turns out to be the resting place of Shashi (Anushka Sharma), who lived and loved there almost a hundred years ago. As a result of this marriage, Shashi is bound to Kanan, who must figure out a way to take care of the unfinished business that's causing her to linger around. Conceptually, Phillauri is a winner and that much was evident from the trailer. The idea is superbly original, culturally on point and has great potential. The problem is, you only get what you see in the trailer. Nothing more (and thankfully nothing less). The hilarious,exciting one-line plot develops into a two-and-a-half hour film that is full of romantic-movie tropes. The invisibility of the ghost can only get so many laughs; the narrative shifts between Shashi's past and Kanan's present seem abrupt; the soulful songs are easy on the ears but strain your eyes by adding to the runtime, and most importantly, Shashi's story (the emotional core of the film) is largely formulaic. The actors sweep in and carry the film, though. With his body language and voice modulation,Suraj Sharma nails the confused-aimless millennial and lightens the mood. Mehreen Pirzada's helpless and hopelessly-in-love Anu is endearing. Diljit Dosanjh brings his trademark goodness to a rather bland role. And as the translucent ghost (kudos to the VFX team), Anushka delivers a solid performance with a weird mix of sadness and humour. It seems as though Phillauri could have gone in a lot of directions, but it took the road usually travelled.
Kanan,a cool dude-bro from Canada, lands bang in the middle of Punjab to tie the knot with his 10th-standard sweetheart,Anu. He's too hipster for social constructs like marriage,commitment and monogamy. Anu, meanwhile, has been waiting with baited breath. Once the pre-wedding rituals begin, Kanan finds out that he's manglik and must marry a tree before he can marry Anu, in order to avoid bad luck. Both Anu and Kanan's families convince him to do it for the sake of the ritual and soon enough, he finds himself tying a thread around a huge tree while circling it. Wedding accomplished. With one slight hitch that is. The tree happens to be the resting place of a certain Punjabi-girl ghost called Shashi. Shashi-by way of the tree - is now bound to Kanan and automatically follows him back to the mansion in which the wedding party is put up. A lot of confusion around the unseen entity ensues, and eventually, Kanan finds out that Shashi is being haunted by something as well. Her past. We're now taken into a sepia-filtered Punjab of diffused sunlight, brown-green clothes, brick houses, poets-in-anonymity and soulful songs. Shashi, it turns out, was a poetess who fell in love with a singer. She was abandoned on her wedding day and committed suicide by hanging herself from the same tree that Kanan would marry almost 98 years later. Back to the future, Kanan takes it upon himself to free Shashi of this half-dead state. A chance conversation with his grandmother and a quick Wikipedia search later, we find out that Shashi's lover was actually at the Jallianwala Bagh at the time of the massacre and was killed there. Kanan, Anu and Shashi's ghost quickly embark on a road trip to Amritsar, where they find her lost lover's VFX-rich ghost lingering around at Jallianwala Bagh. Shashi is reunited with her lover and as they hug,they burst into stardust under which Kanan embraces Anu and his fears about true love melt away.
1. This will be Anushka Sharma's second homeproduction after 'NH10'. 2. 'Phillauri' marks Diljit Dosanjh's second Bollywood film after 'Udta Punjab'. 3. It also features 'Life of Pi' actor Suraj Sharma.
Anushka Sharma's rom-com with a twist, 'Phillauri' completed its first week at the Indian box-office. The movie, which also features Diljit Dosanjh,Suraj Sharma and Mehreen Pirzada,collected approximately Rs 20.25 crore (nett) in its first week,according to a report on Boxofficeindia.com. The film's producers too released their box-office figures, which quoted that the movie collected Rs 1.65 crore on Thursday (Day 7), thus taking the first week total to Rs 22.68 crore(nett). Anushka,who has co-produced the film, plays a friendly ghost named Shashi in the romance comedy. The story revolves around Suraj's character who gets married to a tree to ward off bad luck, but in the process, he ends up marrying Shashi who resides in the tree. Diljit Dosanjh plays Anushka's love interest in the film while Mehreen plays Suraj's bride-to-be. 'Phillauri' is Anushka and her brother Karnesh Sharma's joint production venture under their banner Clean Slate Films in collaboration with Fox Star Studios. The film also boasts of beautiful renditions like 'Sahiba', 'Dum dum' and 'Din shagna da'.